Redbird Crest Trail #801

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Redbird Crest Trail, which begins and ends near the Redbird District Office, is part of the Redbird Crest Trail System. The trail generally follows the ridgetops. Some parts may be rough and steep. It is a multiple use trail, which means that hikers, horses, mountain bikes and off-highway vehicles are welcome. Some of the trail is open to street legal vehicles only, and some of the trail is open to single track ohv only (motorcycles).

Redbird Crest OHV Trail Guide

Trail Connections: 
Gilbert Creek/Elisha Creek Loop #802 (14 miles)
Left Fork of Elisha Creek #803 (7 miles)
Daniel Boone Trail Connector #804 (5 miles)

Peabody OHV Trailhead
Latitude: 37.14360869 Longitude -83.58006022
Sugar Creek OHV Trailhead
Latitude: 37.12639657 Longitude -83.48399937
Beaver Creek OHV Trailhead
Latitude: 37.02263601 Longitude -83.53301195 

At a Glance

Fees A fee is charged for motorcycle and off-highway vehicle use on this trail. 
Permit Info: Permits are required for OHV use on this trail.
Recreation Schedule and Fees
Where to Purchase Permits
Open Season: Open All Year
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: Stay on the posted trail only. No cross country travel. 
Closest Towns: Manchester
Restroom: Restrooms are located at the trailheads
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Redbird Ranger District
91 Peabody Road
Big Creek, KY 40914

General Information


There are accessible toilets available at Peabody OHV trailhead, Bear Creek OHV Trailhead and Sugar Creek OHV Trailhead.


From Big Creek (exit 34) of Hal Rogers Parkway, travel east on KY 66 .7 miles to the junction with US 421 and KY 80. Proceed south on KY 66 .8 miles to Junction with US 421 and KY 80. Continue south on KY 66 1.7 miles to Redbird district office on the right.

General Notes:

Motorcycle and ATV's are alowed on the Redbird Crest trail system. Currently, ATVs cannot be licensed or registered in Kentucky. Therefore, ATV operation is restricted to use on trails that are specifically designated and signed for ATV use. Only vehicles less than 50 inches in width will be alowed on these routes.

Cross-country motorized vehicle travel is not permitted, including hill climbs. Motorized vehicles are not permitted to travel on closed roads unless they are designated as open for that particular use. Open trails will be marked by orange diamonds located along the trail. Signs at each trailhead indicate the particular use permitted. 


Parking is available at the trailhead parking lots. 



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